President Bush today announced a military strike on the Arab newspaper Al Jazeera's website. Although there were no human casualties, a number of graphics and some popup adverts were badly damaged or destroyed. The website was also down for several hours while Arab computer geeks were busy writing replacement HTML files.
General Lance Shootemup said:
"There was one picture of an Arab man holding a gun and grinning. Although we didn't destroy the picture completely, we wiped the smile of his face. We also obliterated completely several advertisements, which will mean loss of sponsorship revenue for the website."
A spokesman for Al Jazeera condemned the attack, saying that a link to an article about children and old people had been hit. The spokesman also questioned the success of the strike, saying:
"The Americans didn't hit any of our embedded java scripts, style sheets or frames. They did hit some popup adverts but we are grateful for that, since visitors to our website found these popups a nuisance and we didn't know how to get rid of them."
The attack is yet another of a series of so-called cyber attack launched by governments across the world. Both Russia and China have previously attacked Internet websites belonging to their enemies, though they both used networks of hackers. The U.S. strike is the first time that the military has been used.